Sunday, April 22, 2018

Christchurch & Canterbury

TIA backs Christchurch plan to woo events

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling on Christchurch City Council to boost funding for events in its 2018-2028 Draft Long-Term Plan.

Christchurch ski season attracts more Australian visitors

The glistening snowy peaks of Canterbury ski area Mt Hutt feature in an international campaign to lure more Australian ski visitors to New Zealand.

Watch: Christchurch’s “green spine” from city to sea

A green spine extending from the city to sea is poised to set Christchurch apart as a place that is prepared to explore new ways of living with nature – from adaptive housing to sustainable urban agriculture.

Tourists flock to Christchurch as spend jumps 20%

Christchurch’s spectacular summer saw record-breaking tourist numbers inject more than $3.6 million in our region’s economy, with February tourism spend up 20 percent from the previous month.

Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism

Booming tourism and the impact of growing poor behaviour are making South Island private landholders reconsider allowing access to track and trail users, according to a new report.

Red Travel strikes Qualmark Gold

Red Travel may only be in its 4th year of operation but that has not stopped the team from achieving for a 2nd consecutive year running the Tourism New Zealand Qualmark Gold Status.

Augusta closes capital raise for air traffic control centre

The money will fund the development of a new building on the existing title, an Air Traffic Control centre which will be leased to Airways for 25 years.

Christchurch Airport named one of world’s best

Christchurch Airport has just been named one of the world’s best at the World Airport Awards in Stockholm.

Christchurch Adventure Park secures Qualmark Silver

The Christchurch Adventure Park has been recognised as among the most safe and sustainable tourism businesses in the country.

Hotel manager for in-development Sudima appointed

Sudima Hotels and Resorts has appointed Maree Welgus as Hotel Manager for the in-development Sudima Christchurch City.

Premier athletics to return to Christchurch

World Champion shot putter Tom Walsh has an exciting message for Christchurch – premier athletics is returning to our city with the New Zealand Track and Field Championships confirmed for 2019 and 2020.

NZ-made driverless vehicle joins airport trial

New Zealand’s first on-road testing of fully autonomous vehicles will change up a gear later this year with the inclusion of the first locally designed and built vehicle.

Self-piloted electric air taxi ‘Cora’ revealed in Canterbury

A self-piloted electric air taxi is being tested in Christchurch and hopes to be the first viable craft of its kind in commercial operation.

Lantern festival boosts central city businesses

Central city businesses have reaped the benefits of thousands of people visiting the annual lantern festival in the heart of Christchurch.

Three in a row for Christchurch conference sector

Christchurch has secured the 2020 Learning Environments Australasia conference - the third major event win for city announced in the past month. 

Ski field investment spurs visitor growth to NZ slopes

Visitors to New Zealand's ski slopes grew on average 5% over the past four years to reach 1.6 million in 2017, according to the Ski Areas Association of New Zealand (SAANZ).

Chinese visitors jump 30% to help lift CIAL profit

A jump in Chinese passenger numbers in the six months to December 2017 has helped Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) lift its interim revenue and profit.  

Record Summer at Museum and Quake City

Canterbury Museum and its special exhibition Quake City (above) have had another record summer with 276,061 visitors during the last three months.

China business experts announced for Christchurch forum

Two international China experts will speak at this year’s South Island Lantern Business Forum – aiming to help businesses take a strategic view of opportunities presented by the China market.

Christchurch hotel set to welcome Golden Oldies

One local Christchurch hotel owner is counting down the days until the Golden Oldies come to town, confirming record bookings for the month of April.

Swimmers warned from Otago, Canterbury lakes

PRESS RELEASE: Otago Regional Council Regular water quality monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) scums in Lake Hayes over the weekend. Detailed results of the testing will be available today, however the visual...

Christchurch secures international wetlands conference

The 11th Intecol International Wetlands conference will be held in 2020, and is tipped to attract around 1,000 academics, researchers and experts from around the world.

Christchurch Airport preps for strongest ever Chinese NY

Forecast Chinese arrivals for the month of February are for up to 6000 visitor arrivals which is a growth of 50% compared to February 2017.

5000+ to converge on Christchurch’s Golden Oldies

More than 5,000 participants will take part in sports festivals during a month-long celebration of fun, friendship and fraternity.

Christchurch secures major tech conference

One of the most respected technical conferences to be held in Australasia is coming to Christchurch.

Christchurch Airport: December busiest month ever

Statistics reveal the number of passengers through the terminal was the highest number for any month on record.

Christchurch jumps in Australian destination preferences

Christchurch has jumped six spots as a preferred destination for Australian visitors.

Strong support for Christchurch restoration and recreation

Regenerate Christchurch has published all feedback on possible land uses for the 602-hectare Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor regeneration area.

Bula! Air New Zealand boosts Fiji flights from Christchurch

Air New Zealand will fly nearly 6000 extra seats on its seasonal service between Christchurch and Fiji in 2018, an increase of more than 40 percent.

NZ helicopter company wins international recognition

Christchurch Helicopters has won the prestigious Salute to Excellence “Humanitarian Service” Helicopter Association International award for 2018.

Record dry days for Christchurch Airport while West Coast soaks

The record number of dry days* in a row recorded at Christchurch Airport was 45 days and this was seen during September/October 1954.

Christchurch Adventure Park appoints GM

Marketer Anne Newman has taken the helm of the Christchurch Adventure Park which re-opened this week after the Port Hills fire saw it closed for 10 months.

Heritage Christchurch wins two World Luxury Hotel awards….

Heritage Christchurch has secured two awards in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 which were announced over the weekend at a gala event in Zurich honouring the world’s top luxury properties.

ChristchurchNZ: Successful city economy critical to NZ

A successful Christchurch economy is critical to Canterbury and national GDP, making government investment to complete the rebuild a must.

Airbnb jumps to a fifth of all Christchurch accommodation

The rise of Airbnb’s popularity in Christchurch has seen guest nights in the city bounce back to near pre-earthquake levels.

Clearwater, Millbrook, Playing Around NZ win at World Golf Awards

It might not be surrounded by Queenstown's remarkable scenery but that hasn't stopped Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch from winning the Best Course in Oceania at the 2017 World Golf Awards.

Two years in two minutes: Memorial Avenue airport bridge

New time-lapse footage released today by the NZ Transport Agency shows the dramatic transformation of one of Christchurch’s busiest intersections, the new Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge.

Christchurch-based autumn breaks promoted to Australians

A new campaign is underway to get more Australians basing themselves in Christchurch for an autumn holiday next year.

NZ wins contemporary music event

Auckland and Christchurch have won the bid to host the International Society for Contemporary Music's (ISCM) World New Music Days event in 2020.

Mt Hutt, The Rees, Eichardt’s win at World Ski Awards

Mt Hutt ski field, The Rees and Eichardt's hotels in Queenstown, and Wanaka's Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet have been recognised as New Zealand's best at the 2017 World Ski Awards.

Convention Centre concrete pour good news for city

The message to conference organisers is loud and clear – Christchurch will soon be back on the national and international conferencing circuit on a much larger scale.

Global aviation upgrade trial comes to Christchurch

The 12-month arrivals-only flight paths trial will commence later this week and is part of a nationwide programme called New Southern Sky.

Christchurch kayak business launches

A flotilla of water crafts on the Avon River have come together to celebrate the launch of Christchurch Sea Kayaking, the new outdoor venture in town.

Cycling Action Network: First NZ Bike Expo a success

The first-ever NZ Bike Expo, which was held in Christchurch on 28-29 October exceeded expectations from exhibitors and visitors alike.

Kiwis help Christchurch visitor attraction prepare to re-open

The New Zealand rugby league team have assisted one of Christchurch’s newest visitor attractions re-open after last year’s devastating Port Hill fires.

Christchurch Adventure Park targets December opening

The Christchurch Adventure Park is set to reopen its doors to the public again this summer, almost a year after it officially opened.

Christchurch’s Incredible Race 2017

An annual event run to keep Christchurch’s frontline tourism staff up to date with the awesome activities and visitor experiences available in the city kicks off today.

Christchurch Airport 2040 revealed

Christchurch Airport has revealed its vision for the future with a Master Plan that envisages the airport's development to the year 2040. 

Businesses recognised for conservation successes

The Department of Conservation has praised Canterbury businesses for getting involved in conservation and helping to make a difference for our native wildlife and habitats.

The George named in top ten Readers Choice Awards

The George, one of New Zealand’s most treasured boutique hotels and the only hotel in Christchurch with a one to one staff to guest ratio has been named in the top ten hotels in Australia and New Zealand by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

Crowne Plaza: Opening exceeds expectations

Crowne Plaza Christchurch has exceeded opening budgets for rooms, food and beverage and conferencing.

Akaroa, Havelock North, Masterton, Mt Hutt win beauty parade

Keep New Zealand Beautiful are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Beautiful Awards.

Crowne Plaza wins silver in national design awards

The design team behind the stunning new Crowne Plaza Christchurch has won a silver award in a national competition.

Mt Hutt opens highest spa pool in the country

Not only officially New Zealand’s best ski resort two years in a row, plus the best snowfall at a Kiwi ski field this year but now also the highest altitude spa pool in the country.

Christchurch Airport recognised for support of South Island tourism

Christchurch Airport has been honoured for its support of South Island tourism.

Report: Freedom campers offer unique opportunities

The typical freedom camper who visits the Selwyn district is German, under 30 years of age and in search of eco-tourism attractions.

Warm welcome for icy traveller

As a gateway city to Antarctica, Christchurch embraces the southern continent, and is celebrating all things frozen in October.

Experience Mid Canterbury to close Ashburton i-SITE

Experience Mid Canterbury has decided to close its Ashburton i-SITE, saving the tourism organisation around $100,000 in costs. 

Korean celebrities visit Christchurch for reality tv show

Two well-known South Korean actors have hit Christchurch with their children to film a reality television show that will be broadcast to millions.

Christchurch i-SITE wins innovation award

The Christchurch i-SITE’s successful move into the restored Arts Centre has seen the visitor centre win at the i-SITE network’s annual conference this year.

Newspaper editor to head Christchurch tourism

The editor of The Press newspaper has been appointed the new CEO of ChristchurchNZ, the city’s new promotion and economic development agency.

Photos from the NZ Tourism Awards 2017

A selection of photos from the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2017 held at Wigram Air Force Museum, Christchurch.

Earl Hagaman recognised for outstanding contribution to tourism

Scenic Hotel Group founder, the late Earl Hagaman has been recognised posthumously with the prestigious Crowe Horwath International Sir Jack Newman ‘Outstanding Industry Leader’ Award at the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

Industry converges on Christchurch for NZ Tourism Awards

The great and the good of NZ's tourism industry will converge on Christchurch today to celebrate the achievements of the people and businesses working in the sector.

Passengers, property drive 50% profit surge at Christchurch Airport

A record number of passengers and strong property growth have helped Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) report net profit after tax of $64.6m for the year ended June, up 50% on last year's result.

Daily flights to China a big boost for the South Island

The partnership between Christchurch Airport and China Southern Airlines is going from strength to strength and helping boost tourism and trade for the South Island. 

Hassle-free, Mt Hutt, Hanmer Springs among business awards finalists

Hassle-free Tours, Christchurch Adventure Park, and Mt Hutt Ski Area are among the finalists announced in the Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2017. 

Tourism operators secure Christchurch Airport support

Four more South Island tourism companies have been named as recipients of the ‘New Horizons Fund’ support programme.

1930s tramcar to Join Christchurch Tramway fleet

A tramcar built in the 1930s has arrived at the Port of Lyttelton to become part of the Christchurch tramway fleet.

Gold-class for the Christchurch Tramway

The more than 10,000 working hours that went into getting Christchurch’s tramway up and running following the 2011 earthquake has paid off significantly, with the service receiving a gold business sustainability award from Tourism New Zealand.

Flexibility, location key to convention centre success

The flexibility and location of the new Christchurch Convention Centre will be the key to its success.

An Operator’s View: Hassle-free Tours’ Mark Gilbert

Hassle-free Tours owner Mark Gilbert on how he and his wife Nikki began their business, recovering from the Christchurch earthquakes, and the company's $2m expansion plans to launch in Queenstown and Auckland.

2020 opening for $240m Christchurch Convention Centre

CPB Contractors, owned by Australia's CIMIC Group, has secured the contract to complete the design and build the $240m Christchurch Convention Centre.

Aigantighe to light up Timaru

People in Timaru are being asked to save the date of Saturday 19th August as the Aigantighe Art Gallery and our parks and other cultural institutions team up to light up winter night.

Avis, Budget and Apex back in Christchurch Central

After being driven out of the CBD by earthquakes six years ago, Avis, Budget and Apex are delighted to collect the keys to their new building today; the International Rental Car Precinct Hub in Christchurch.

Hassle-free Tours launches $2m expansion to Auckland, Queenstown

Christchurch-based Hassle-free Tours is expanding to Auckland and Queenstown in a $2m drive to push into new markets.

Akaroa voted top cruise destination in Australasia

Akaroa has lept above Sydney and Auckland to be named the top cruise destination in Australasia by the annual Cruise Critic's Cruisers Choice Awards.

Christchurch secures animal studies conference

Christchurch has won an international bid to host the Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference next year.

The Rees targets Auckland, Christchurch with new luxury offerings

Queenstown’s The Rees Hotel has launched a luxury motor yacht in Auckland and is on the cusp of starting development of a new five-star hotel in Christchurch.

From the Regions: Aoraki’s Henrietta Hazlett

The Ticker hears from Henrietta Hazlett, the industry partnerships manager at New Zealand's newest Regional Tourism Organisation, Aoraki Tourism, on the challenges and opportunities in the Timaru District.

Canterbury guest nights lead latest rises

Booming tourism in the Mackenzie District has seen Canterbury record an extra 25,000 guest nights in May, topping Stats NZ's latest accommodation survey.

Robust visitor growth forecast for Christchurch

Tourists are forecast to return to Christchurch at a higher rate than pre-earthquake,  according to a new report charting the city’s recovery.

All-time visitor record at Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum visitor figures came in at the end of June breaking all previous records. 784,756 breaks the previous record last year of 723,228 visitors.

Opening a runaway success for new Crowne Plaza

The opening of the new Crowne Plaza Christchurch last weekend has been deemed a runaway success – as hundreds of visitors and locals poured through the doors.

Aotea leads Christchurch tourist retail scheme

Aotea Gifts is working up plans for a new tourist retail development after buying a $6.65m site in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square.

Crowne Plaza makes its return to Christchurch

Crowne Plaza Christchurch is returning to the city – a new, contemporary space for visitors and locals to connect with a revitalised city centre.

$160K funding boost for Canterbury tourism

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges today announced that the Government will provide $160,000 to support tourism strategy projects in Canterbury. 

Wednesday Letter: Access must work for all, not just tourists

Ensuring access for tourists to rivers for fishing, forests for hunting and trails for tramping, cycling and horse-riding is vital but that access must be suited to the needs of locals and landowners too, writes New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Asher Wilson-Goldman.

Mastercard: Domestic market increasingly on the move

New Zealanders are increasingly exploring their own country with visiting loved ones the main reason for travelling.

South Island companies offered assistance to market in China

South Island tourism businesses have a month to apply for the latest round of Christchurch Airport’s ‘New Horizons’ programme.

$600K Lions lift for Canterbury

The Lions match against the Crusaders on Saturday helped boost spending in the Canterbury region over the weekend by $600,000, according to Paymark.

Christchurch back on tourist map

Christchurch is back on the tourist map, according to the city's latest tourism report. However, its accommodation stocks need replenishing, said Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner.

Mt Hutt opens today – the South Island ski season begins!

New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort, Mt Hutt in Canterbury, opens today, marking the start of the South Island ski season.

Drayton appointed chairwoman of Christchurch Airport

Catherine Drayton has been appointed Christchurch Airport's new chairwoman.

Christchurch named NZ’s favourite place to ride

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced that Christchurch has taken out the inaugural Top Town Award in the NZ Transport Agency’s annual Favourite Places to Ride competition.

Christchurch Centre designs reveal world-class venue

Landmark architectural designs for the Christchurch Centre have been released showcasing the 2000-delegate capacity venue.

Christchurch Adventure Park targets spring re-opening

Christchurch Adventure Park has mooted a spring re-opening following February’s Port Hills fires that forced the $24m attraction’s temporary closure.

Free electric cars for corporate travellers

Regular business travellers will be able to book an e-Golf for their day of travel, free of charge.

Alpine Pacific Touring Route launches in new campaign

A new North Canterbury touring route has been launched as the quake-struck region looks to reinvigorate visitor numbers. The 450-kilometre Alpine Pacific Touring Route runs between Christchurch, Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, heading through the Waipara...

Dunedin Railways debuts new tour

A new chapter in Rail Touring begins today with Dunedin Railways first trip out of Christchurch heading south.
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Beggars reportedly stop Christchurch tram, abuse driver Welcome Aboard has called a meeting with council because of beggars on the tracks. The Press

Christchurch’s Sign of the Takahe stays closed as lease surrendered After a $2.8m repair, the historic venue remains closed. The Press

Hydro Grand Hotel demolition, in Timaru, will happen on Saturday Timaru’s 105-year-old Hydro Grand Hotel, classed as a danger to the public, will be demolished on Saturday. Timaru Herald

Nearly 2000 responses for Christchurch red zone plans, but ‘most important stage’ to come Ecological restoration, water facilities and eco-sanctuaries are proving the most popular ideas for Christchurch’s residential red zone. The Press

Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge opening in Christchurch next week Traffic will be flowing over the Russley Rd bridge beneath Christchurch’s gateway arches next week, but the public will have a chance to see them up close before tyres hit the tarmac. The Press

Huge cost for fog technology at Timaru’s airport Timaru’s airport could potentially benefit from technology that allows planes to land in heavy fog, but that would require “significant investment” officials say. Timaru Herald

South Canterbury tourism leaders cautiously await tourism policies South Canterbury tourism leaders are cautiously optimistic about increased tourism funding with a new Government at the helm. Timaru Herald

Time to have your say on red zone From amphitheatres to zorbing, more than 5000 ideas have shaped the possible combinations of uses. The Press

Popular ‘green spine’ vision for Christchurch’s red zone ‘missing’ from options A popular vision of significantly restoring the ecology of the Christchurch red-zone alongside visitor attractions and recreation is “inexplicably missing” from the options put to the public, a community group says. The Press

Hotel told to repay staff by Christmas for underpaid leave The owners of a Christchurch hotel who underpaid staff for holidays and sick leave have been given a deadline to pay what it owes them. Stuff

April 2017

Lyttelton awaits cruise ship report, lodges reclamation consent Funding options for a Lyttelton cruise ship berth might soon be revealed. Stuff

Christchurch Airport considers multimillion-dollar runway extension Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) is considering a $12 million extension to one of its runways. The Press

March 2017

Singapore Airlines announces additional flights to and from Christchurch Singapore Airlines has announced it will increase its flights to and from Christchurch next summer. Stuff

TranzAlpine reopens after ‘tough year’ for KiwiRail Some of the best scenery in the South Island is back on display as passenger rail services between Christchurch and Greymouth resume. Stuff

Tourism peaks and troughs a challenge for disaster planning On tourism’s busiest day visitor in 2016 visitor numbers almost equalled the population of Christchurch. Stuff

First look at Christchurch Adventure Park damage after devastating fires Last month’s Port Hills fires have left significant damage at Christchurch Adventure Park, a walk-through of the multi-million dollar facility has revealed. 1 News Now

Midland Railway Line to reopen between Greymouth and Christchurch The Midland Railway Line between Christchurch and Greymouth will reopen earlier than expected. The Press

Christchurch cycleway blamed for businesses near closure A Christchurch dairy owner says his livelihood is under threat by a new cycleway. The Press